The African Center for Women Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) equipped a total of 887 young people with online work skills in the first week of Ajira Digital Program. The Program is being implemented by the Ministry of ICT in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners in the civil society and private sector with funding support from Rockefeller Foundation. Kenya Private Sector Alliance is also on board as the implementing partner.
The program targeting young people ages 19 -29yrs, aims to introduce the participants to online work skills, and at the same time provide the tools, training and mentorship needed by the beneficiaries to earn sustainable income through online work.
ACWICT an ICT for development organization is amongst the some of the few selected organizations supporting the program in terms of training. The organization has a wealth of experience in improving the youth’s employability prospects and income generating capacities especially through online work having successfully implemented similar programs with different partners before. ACWICT is expected to train at least 4600 youth people in a period of 4 weeks in both Nairobi and Nakuru Counties.
Already the first cohort of youth have successfully completed training and most of the program beneficiaries are attesting that the training met their expectations and the skills earned will have a tremendous impact on their lives. Within the 5 day training, some of the participants have already tasted the fruit of online work with some making earnings of up to Ksh. 1,000 (USD 10) in just an hour of bidding.
“I worked closely with the trainers to ensure that my account is verified because this had been giving me challenges before. Once this went through I began bidding and within an hour a client contacted me,” says George Maina.
“He offered me a job on article writing, but first he asked me to submit a sample of my work which I did and thereafter he asked me to write an article on food security. I gave my best on the article which earned me a few thousands,” adds Maina.
Others who had never had first hand interaction with online work platforms were pleased to have been introduced to them as they said it would give them the opportunity to directly meet clients and negotiate for payments instead of getting short contracts from middlemen.
Ms. Constantine Obuya, Chief Executive Director, ACWICT commended the participants for staying disciplined throughout the training and giving it the seriousness it deserves. She also recognized the commitment and dedication of the ACWICT team and especially the trainers for providing mentorship to the beneficiaries and in ensuring that the objectives of the program are met.
Training is set to take place every week.